17 November 2013

Autumn returns



A female Black Woodpecker at Onuma this afternoon. It was very mild today, all the snow has melted in Hakodate and Onuma.




The weather was beautiful today but the birding rather slow. In the early morning in Yakumo there were a lot more eagles than on Monday but I didn't get a single decent shot. I'm still not quite familiar with the best settings for my new lens, I tend to leave it wide open too often leading to massively overexposed shots especially on bright days like these. This White Tailed Eagle was the best of a sorry bunch.



At the rivermouth there were my first Black Scoter of the season offshore and  hundreds of Black Tailed Kittiwakes going to and fro.



This one was at Sawara, they obviously visit the local ports and rivers during moult, look at how tatty they are..................


At Onuma it was also pretty quiet, the Black Woodpecker being the highlight.


The tame tits and nuthatches were around of course.




I've had my lens around 3 weeks now and I've only used it handheld so far. Spending all day with it must be like doing a good session of weight training down the gym....................


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10 comments:

  1. It takes time to get used to new equipment, but I do like that second Black Woodpecker image.

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    1. Yes it was much better in marginal conditions than the 100-400, I'd have probably binned the shots had it been with the latter.

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  2. Hi. I am glad you are getting used to your lens. thes shot Re Ll great but I love the Woodpeckers as I have me re seen that one especially first shot.

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    1. HI Margaret, thanks for the comment........

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  3. It's great to see all the stuff we don't get this far south....with or without the snow.

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    1. Oh but John you get so much nice stuff down (or over) there too.........

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  4. Beautiful photos as always, it seems the new lens is making a difference! Loved the eagle pics from an earlier post too!

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  5. Black Woodpecker = most wanted by me. What a bird. No records at all for UK but they are quite near and increasing I believe.

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    1. Yes strange they are just across the channel, I guess that little stretch of water is a big no-no for a heavyish bird that usually only flies from tree to tree.................

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